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Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   Today, 03:49 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By DaveK
If your looking for a public aquarium, your best...

If your looking for a public aquarium, your best bet is the National Aquarium at Baltimore. It's only about an hour drive from Washington DC. It can be somewhat expensive of a trip, since you'll pay...
Forum: Equipment   02-10-2016, 02:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 421
Posted By DaveK
The questions to ask yourself are, how would I...

The questions to ask yourself are, how would I feel if the tank failed, and it dumped everything on the floor? Also, could I sleep at night knowing that the plastic might fail, even though it's...
Forum: Equipment   02-10-2016, 02:38 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 802
Posted By DaveK
In my opinion, if your plumbing two canisters to...

In my opinion, if your plumbing two canisters to the same tank, it is best to plumb them as two separate filters and not try to connect them in series, like in the op's post or connect them together...
Forum: Lighting   02-09-2016, 03:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 154
Posted By DaveK
If I had two of them go bad on me, nothing could...

If I had two of them go bad on me, nothing could convince me to replace them with something from the same manufacturer.

You can get better quality LED fixtures, but it comes down to how much do...
Forum: Lighting   02-07-2016, 12:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 450
Posted By DaveK
You might look into the Kessil pendants. Here is...

You might look into the Kessil pendants. Here is the one you'd likely be using - Kessil LED Lights (http://www.kessil.com/aquarium/Freshwater_A360.php)

You could also look into the Al Hydra but...
Forum: Equipment   02-07-2016, 12:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 273
Posted By DaveK
What are you trying to do with the refugium part...

What are you trying to do with the refugium part of the sump? In a SW reef it's usually a place to grow macro algae and pods, but in a FW planted tank you don't usually need this, so I'm wondering.
...
Forum: Lighting   02-06-2016, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 450
Posted By DaveK
When you use LED pendant type lighting, like the...

When you use LED pendant type lighting, like the Radion XR15, the light tends to direct itself more or less straight down, even with the wide angle lenses. You also have a tank that has a width about...
Forum: Equipment   02-06-2016, 10:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 221
Posted By DaveK
Over time those plastic hoses get hard and don't...

Over time those plastic hoses get hard and don't seal as well. I find myself replacing mine ever few years. I have also done the same thing you did, cut the hose back a few inches to get a better...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-05-2016, 08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 561
Posted By DaveK
That's the thing about small fish in a large tank...

That's the thing about small fish in a large tank with a lot of colors in the plants. Unless your up close looking for them, the fish don't really stand out. No doubt you have seem SW reef systems...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-05-2016, 02:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 245
Posted By DaveK
If your talking about a smaller tank, you can...

If your talking about a smaller tank, you can simply get a few gallon bottles of distilled water at your local store. Mix that with your tap water to lower hardness. You don't need to get the mix...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-05-2016, 02:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 235
Posted By DaveK
Any natural sponge you get from a non-aquarium...

Any natural sponge you get from a non-aquarium supplier is going to be cleaned of any tissue that was once living, but you might have some residue left from anything used in the process, so you need...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   02-04-2016, 02:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 235
Posted By DaveK
You can use a natural sponge in your tank, but...

You can use a natural sponge in your tank, but there are some things to keep in mind. You need to be sure that it is really clean. I;d recommend soaking it in several changes of water and rinsing it...
Forum: Fish   01-29-2016, 10:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 177
Posted By DaveK
Yes, you should feed the fry. Convict fry are...

Yes, you should feed the fry. Convict fry are comparatively large and will eat fine flake food right off. This will work, but if you really want to get fast growth, hatch out some brine shrimp and...
Forum: Equipment   01-25-2016, 11:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 446
Posted By DaveK
The one big advantage of Eheim is that you can...

The one big advantage of Eheim is that you can get parts for most them. This can be very difficult for some other canisters. So, even if you find a problem later, you can still repair it and get it...
Forum: Lighting   01-21-2016, 03:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 480
Posted By DaveK
Yes there is a difference. The planted+ has a lot...

Yes there is a difference. The planted+ has a lot of red LEDs and a few blue LEDs while the Ray uses all white LEDs.

I got a Planted+ for our office aquarium and I like it, but this is not a...
Forum: Lighting   01-21-2016, 03:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 332
Posted By DaveK
I would tend to be a skeptic. You know the...

I would tend to be a skeptic. You know the saying... If it sounds too good to be true...

However, for the price, you can pay your money and take your chances.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   01-19-2016, 11:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,315
Posted By DaveK
I tend to agree with what most of the others have...

I tend to agree with what most of the others have posted, but I do want to share one family story.

My brother would get his kids, my nephews, just about any toy or hobby item they wanted. This...
Forum: Lighting   01-13-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 309
Posted By DaveK
I tend do change them after about 18 months. It's...

I tend do change them after about 18 months. It's amazing how much less light is produced after using them for a y year or so. It almost seems like you upgraded your lighting. You'll also see some...
Forum: Equipment   01-10-2016, 02:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 309
Posted By DaveK
I never liked the thermostats on typical aquarium...

I never liked the thermostats on typical aquarium heaters. I found this fairly inexpensive controller on Amazon (offsite) - Inkbird Itc-308 Digital Temperature Controller Outlet Thermostat, 2-stage,...
Forum: Lighting   12-26-2015, 01:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 789
Posted By DaveK
Keep in mind that the article is dated 2010, so...

Keep in mind that the article is dated 2010, so it's about 5 years old. LED lighting has come a long way since then. At this point, I'd say once you were over the initial cost LEDs are the lighting...
Forum: Equipment   12-26-2015, 01:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 225
Posted By DaveK
When you use an Eheim clasic, you either use...

When you use an Eheim clasic, you either use media bags for carbon, or you just dump it all out into a bucket and clean the media that way. The lack of media baskets isn't as bad as it seems.
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-22-2015, 09:58 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,813
Posted By DaveK
Let me explain, when you make a post telling...

Let me explain, when you make a post telling everyone about your system and saying you have problems, it's easily taken as a request for help. I just felt you possibly had several things wrong and I...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-22-2015, 02:28 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,813
Posted By DaveK
If your still having issues, you should really...

If your still having issues, you should really take this up on a reef forum, where there are a lot of people that can really help you out.

There isn't too much detail here, but it looks like you...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-20-2015, 05:23 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,390
Posted By DaveK
This is something that has been around for years....

This is something that has been around for years. By this time, I would have thought just about everyone knew about it. However, it's worth repeating.

As much as I don't care for API, I don't...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   12-12-2015, 04:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 802
Posted By DaveK
My question to the op, is this really worth...

My question to the op, is this really worth worrying about on a single FW planted tank?

With the newer power heads, and filters using less power, along with T5 or LED lighting, what could be...
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